View Full Version : service life of a shotgun....

February 4, 2008, 08:45 AM
I am an AR15 guy. I know plenty about the AR but very little about shotguns.

What is the service life of a pump shotgun?

3000 rounds?

5000 rounds?

10000 rounds?

February 4, 2008, 09:11 AM
Mossbergs: 75K or so???

Remington 870: 250K or so

Don't know much about the others.

February 4, 2008, 11:25 AM
Gee couldnt tell ya about most guns, however I have several Remington 1100 trap grade semi's that I have had since new in 1979, 29 years, one of em I know has around 200,000 through it and still going strong. I think I had to replace an extractor back about 1990, only one of the rems I own that ever needed fixin..:D

February 4, 2008, 11:37 AM
Don't know about all of them but I have two model12 winchesters that my Dad bought around 1952 or so. he shot skeet on the Ft Bragg skeet team for at least five years and put at least 500 rounds a week thru them for that time plus what ever he shot afterward. I guess at least 250,000 per gun and they still shoot fine. One has the extractor really worn but other wise is fine.

February 4, 2008, 12:12 PM
With the exception of a replaced extractor or firing pin maybe I'd expect most pump shotguns from the bigger manufacturers (rem, win, mossberg, beretta, etc.)to outlive most of us.

February 4, 2008, 01:00 PM
My model 1912 Winchester 20 gauge pump is older than me and still going stong, the gun was made in 1915. now those days that was quality..;)

February 4, 2008, 01:35 PM
Forever + or - a few years.

February 4, 2008, 02:41 PM
most will last until an unskilled person works on it and ruins the gun. no problems yet with my 870 that has 2500 rounds without a cleaning. (yes i know, i'm lazy)

February 4, 2008, 07:01 PM
My Ithaca 37 was made in 1952 or so.

It works beautifully.

February 5, 2008, 12:43 AM
about a M97 used to teach skeet to aircraft gunners.
Claim was 2million rounds without a hitch.

February 5, 2008, 01:45 AM
"Forever + or - a few years."

I can't speak for pump-guns, but I've got a couple of SxS doubles, one with at least 25K rounds through it, and still like new. Unless you mistreat it, I doubt you can wear out a good shotgun in one lifetime.

February 8, 2008, 06:01 PM
I have a Smith & Wesson 1000 I've had for 25 years. I just semi-retired it when I bought my Franchi...It's got to have 100k rounds through it...I've replaced the "guts" on it once when I got a little crazy with the gun scrubber...

February 9, 2008, 02:08 PM
Under the worst maint. condition (like mine) I expect it to last fer-dern-near-ever. Left loaded, rode hard put up wet (literaly), used as a machete in thickets, chainsaw (100 rounds in as fast as I can shoot/empty/reload) I even went so far as to try to "RUIN" the barrel but couldn't quite make it glow red:mad:!
Right now the worst wear I can find is 2 shiny streaks on the mag tube from the fore stock movement...:o IMHO I can't wear one out and will gladly spend the money for a mag spring, firing pin, even a barrel on any day...
Love my 500!

February 9, 2008, 02:15 PM
Mossbergs: 75K or so???
Remington 870: 250K or so.

Is there a particular reason Remington would outlive Mossberg? Steel receiver?